An ISIS-affiliated Twitter account has called for “lone wolf” attacks on Twitter employees in the US and Europe.
A Vocativ report revealed that the account, known as @Dawlamoon, claims to represent Jerusalem-based group Al Nusra Al Maqdisia, which in February pledged its loyalty to ISIS. The account had more than 3,000 followers after it issued the death threats on Monday.
“The time has arrived to respond to Twitter’s management by directly attacking their employees and physically assassinating them,” stated one of the threatening tweets, which added that the attack could be carried out “by the sleeper cells of death.”
Another tweet states that Twitter employees in San Francisco should watch their backs because a lone wolf assassin could be waiting for them by their doorsteps. Written in Arabic, the tweets are accompanied by the hashtag #TheConceptOfLoneWolfAttacks.
Twitter has suspended the account and is already investigating the matter.
“Our security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials,” said a Twitter spokesperson.
Although Twitter has been repeatedly shutting down ISIS-related accounts over the past few months, new ones continually appear with slight changes in names.
ISIS has been using the platform to issue propaganda, with news of the murder of two American journalists spreading like wildfire on the site.
The account apparently signalled the group’s anger with Twitter’s campaign against the terrorists.
Meanwhile, Twitter did not say if it had beefed up security at its headquarters as a result of the death threats.